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Herb Moore
Feb. 18, 1944 - Dec. 5, 2019
Mountain View, California

Tags: arts/media

Herb Moore, a songwriter, musician, gardener, and friend who embodied the idealism of Palo Alto’s creative community, died on Dec. 5. He was 75. Thoughtful and poetic in an increasingly fast-paced valley, Herb stayed true to more durable values, building community and creating music that was his own blend of bluegrass traditionalism, Grateful Dead reverie, and homespun eccentricity and humor....

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Ellis Alden
Aug. 8, 1939 - Dec. 2, 2019
Atherton, California

Tags: veteran, business

On Monday, December 2nd, 2019, Ellis Joseph Alden, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away at the age of 80 following a brief illness. Ellis was born on August 8, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Westchester County, New York, and graduated from Dartmouth College and Columbia University Law School. Between college and law schoo...

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Mark Andsworth O'Leary
Oct. 28, 1925 - Nov. 24, 2019
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, business, public service

Mark A. O’Leary, who lived in and around Palo Alto for over 70 years, passed away peacefully at Stanford Hospital on November 24, 2019, following a short illness. He was 94 years young. Mark was born in Olympia, Washington on October 28, 1925, the son of Daniel and Hope O’Leary, and the brother of Patricia. Mark grew up in Olympia, where his father Dan was the general manager of the Mud ...

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Craig Jurney
Nov. 15, 1963 - Nov. 20, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Craig Jurney, 56, died unexpectedly on November 20, 2019 at Stanford Hospital surrounded by his family. He was a resident of Palo Alto, CA. Craig graduated from Stanford University in 1987, having majored in public policy with a focus on economics. He was a scholar, an art lover, a follower of politics and culture, and a world traveller. He loved museums of all kinds, and discovered new ones wh...

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Nancy Bloomer Deussen
Feb. 1, 1931 - Nov. 16, 2019
Mountain View, California

Tags: arts/media, teacher/educator

Nancy Bloomer Deussen was born February 1st, 1931 in the Bronx, New York City, NY, and died November 16, 2019 at El Camino Hospital, in Mountain View, CA, at age 88. She was a long time resident of Palo Alto, CA, and more recently Mountain View, CA. Nancy was a pianist and composer through and through, studying music composition at both Juilliard and then Manhattan School of Music, where she ea...

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Michael Edward Duffy
Sept. 21, 1928 - Nov. 7, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Tags: veteran

Michael Edward Duffy Jr., a 55-year resident of Palo Alto, died November 7, 2019 at 91 years young. He was born September 21, 1928 in Jersey City, NJ to Michael and Lillian Duffy. During high school Michael demonstrated a talent not only for academics, but also sports, particularly in gymnastics, where he was a member of the “flying rings” team. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Army and ser...

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Robert W. Hermsen
April 25, 1934 - Nov. 3, 2019
Palo Alto, California
Robert Hermsen passed away suddenly on November 3, 2019 at the age of 85. He was born in Baker City, Oregon to William Henry Hermsen and Alphia (Busick) Hermsen. He attended St. Francis Academy in Baker, JF Hutchinson School in Union, and Baker High School, graduating in 1952. Bob earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State College where he was an active member in the Delta Tau Delta...

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Charles A Everson
Oct. 11, 1925 - Nov. 1, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Tags: veteran

Charles A Everson passed away November 1 in Palo Alto, California. He had just turned 94 years old on October 11 and was celebrated by family and friends as a wonderful father, grandfather, friend, and patriot. Charles was raised in Shelley, Idaho, a place he always remembered fondly. At age 18, he joined the Army Air Corp (Air Force) during WWII and served from 1943 to 1946. He was ordered to the...

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John “Jack” Murphy
May 18, 1946 - Nov. 1, 2019
Menlo Park, California
John “Jack” Murphy was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts to John Patrick and Catherine Marie Murphy. “Little Jackie” was a bright boy who started kindergarten at age four and was known to take the bus around Boston by himself at a young age. At school, he sometimes caused trouble with the nuns for being “too clever”. Jack loved telling stories and one of his favorites was the time his...

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Yvonne Alma Damele
April 23, 1928 - Oct. 31, 2019
Menlo Park, California
(Alma) Yvonne Damele 1928-2019 Yvonne Damele passed away peacefully from ovarian cancer on October 31, 2019 at her home in Menlo Park. Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband Joseph John Damele and her parents Fredrick and Alma Steinmetz. She is survived by her brother Charles Steinmetz, sister Mary Morris (Cal), children Mark Damele, Michele McMillan (Gordon), Catherine Damele (Chris Steckel...

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Mike Fischetti
July 2, 1943 - Oct. 29, 2019
Mountain View, California
Mike Fischetti, MD, MPH (Dr. Pesto) passed away on October 29, 2019, at the age of 76 years. Born in the Bronx and living in Mountain View for the last 30 years, Mike spent his life advocating for those in underserved communities. He was as comfortable carrying anti-war protest signs as he was testifying before city council about equal rights. People will remember him as smart, generous, empathe...

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Timothy Anthony Kennedy
Oct. 1, 1926 - Oct. 24, 2019
Menlo Park, CA

Tags: public service

Timothy Kennedy, 93, a 44-year resident of Menlo Park, died October 24, 2019. He was born October 1, 1926, in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from Queens University Belfast with a degree in philosophy. He moved to California in 1962 to study for the priesthood at St. John Seminary in Camarillo. He was ordained a priest in 1966 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and served for nine years in the Archd...

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Janice Eve Bray Didriksen
March 12, 1935 - Oct. 23, 2019
Portola Valley, CA
Jan Didriksen, age 84 from Portola Valley, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on October 23rd in Palo Alto. Jan immigrated to the USA in 1956 and began a career in Botany before obtaining a Master’s in Biochemistry at Columbia University. She moved to California and met Neal during a hike with Sierra Club. Jan and Neal were married in 1969 and raised their three children in t...

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Mary Margaret "Moo" Anderson
Nov. 1, 1926 - Oct. 22, 2019
Bay Area Peninsula, CA

Tags: arts/media, public service

Mary Margaret “Moo” Ransford Anderson was born on November 1, 1926 in Boston, MA. Moo died peacefully at home on October 22, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. The family has planned a private memorial mass in her honor. Originally an East Coast gal, Moo (then nicknamed “Murma”) attended D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY and met her future husband Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson at the Seneca ...

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Faith Victoria Mack
April 27, 1941 - Oct. 21, 2019
Woodside, CA
Faith Victoria Mack passed away in Woodside, CA, on October 21, 2019, at the age of 78. She was born at Cottage Hospital in San Rafael, CA, on April 27, 1941, to John L. Peoples and Sybil Charlton Peoples, and spent her childhood in the north bay towns of Larkspur and San Anselmo, attending Wade Thomas School and Sir Francis Drake High School before graduating from Wilkins Private High School in S...

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